■Contributing to the realization of a low carbon society through purchasing activities conducted in concert with our business partners
Efforts in FY2016
We continued our efforts to reduce delivery distances through batch delivery of construction materials.
388 thousand (34%) of the 1,139 thousand meters newly installed were reused, reducing waste by 1,614 tons, while 100% of waste gas pipes were recycled. We are also continuing efforts to recycle waste paper generated by our company into paper for printing and other uses through the Tokyo Gas Recycled Paper Program.
We achieved our target with a green purchasing rate of 78.5%. This was thanks to a combination of measures, including promoting the placement of environmentally friendly items in electronic catalogs, system modifications to give priority to environmentally friendly products in searches, and data disclosure by sector. As of the end of fiscal 2016, 17,862 items had been registered as environmentally friendly.
■Promoting resource saving of general waste（1）Efforts to separate and recycle general waste
We recycled 76% of our general waste, including 94% of our paper waste, in fiscal 2016, exceeding the target rate for the year of 75% or over. Alongside more rigorous sorting of waste for recycling, employees are becoming more aware of the importance of cutting emissions and recycling more. We will continue to work to maintain and raise the recycling rate for general waste as a whole.
We met our target for copy paper usage with a reduction of 4.1% from the previous fiscal year. We will continue to practice the 3Rs by replacing paper documents with electronic ones by, for example, scanning documents, promoting paperless meetings, and making it easier for employees to keep track of their paper usage.
We will continue to reduce copy paper usage in order to achieve the challenging target set for fiscal 2020.
*2 Amount of copy paper sheets is calculated based on A4-sized paper.
■Environmental Activities at the Local Community Level
We provided information on the Group's activities and suggested ways to save energy in everyday life through a variety of channels, including by participating in environmental events organized by local governments, organizing seminars, presentations, and workshops, and publishing information on our website. We further aided NPOs and other organizations through the Tokyo Gas Environment Support Fund, passed on environmentally friendly dietary tips through our "eco-cooking" program, and contributed to the creation of community green spaces through the Tokyo Gas Tree Planting Project.
■Education on energy and the environment for the next generation
Tokyo Gas employees taught 792 special classes in elementary and junior high schools and assisted the provision of energy and environmental education by providing training for 890 teachers.
Our Gas Science Museum too serves an educational purpose by hosting school field trips and giving youngsters an enjoyable introduction to the science behind energy and the environment and how they impinge on our everyday lives.
The Donguri (Acorn) environmental education project is a hands-on environmental education program that encourages participants to think about forest ecology and the part that forests play in our everyday lives, and to apply what they learn to lead more environmentally friendly lives. Activities this year were organized in the Sayama Hills of Saitama Prefecture.
Through all these activities, we helped provide the children upon whom the future depends with enhanced opportunities to learn about energy and the environment.
■Cultivating environmental consciousness among Tokyo Gas Group employees and their families
We provided a range of programs for Tokyo Gas Group employees, including environmental education and eco-driving courses.We also again presented our Environmental Program Promotion Award to honor the environmental contributions made by Tokyo Gas Group members and business partners, and continued to run the Tokyo Gas Tree Planting Project participated in by employees and their families. Through these initiatives, we have cultivated environmental consciousness among Tokyo Gas Group employees and their families, and encouraged environmentally friendly practice in the home and in communities.
▶ Environmental Protection Guidelines（2017-2020）（PDF：231KB）